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Mushrooms in the Rain Forest 2004 10 (Oct) 10

This hike was in the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness, just south of the Mt. Hood Wilderness in Oregon, U.S.A. The hike is on the Old Salmon River Trail, a favorite old growth hike in this neck of the woods. It is an almost level trail, about 2.5 miles long, through magnificent old growth forest that grows along the Salmon River.

The hike took place on a perfectly sunny day after a couple weeks of rain and so the mushrooms were out in force, being as this is fall when they do come out. If you think mushrooms are slimy, disgusting things that reek of death, pass up this gallery, because most of these images are of mushrooms on the forest floor, and many of them are indeed slimy looking. Personally I love their looks, and you never know what you're going to run into next. I'd say they are out a little early this year because of all the rain we had in late summer and this fall.

The first half of this hike I was using my 70-210mm f/4-5.6D Nikkor to take pictures of mushrooms but then the lens fell apart! How I wished I'd taken my Tamron 180mm Di macro! But the presence of mushrooms on the forest floor surprised me, otherwise of course I would have taken it.

The 70-210 is in the repair shop as I type and it's going to cost me $125 to get it fixed. The guy said two screws came loose and the two screws were bouncing around inside the lens. It's going to take a week before I get the lens back. It will probably take him all of five minutes to repair.

Anyhow, the last half of the mushroom pictures were taken by my 18-70mm D70 kit lens at 70mm. Notice the exposure times on the mushroom shots: up to 8 seconds. All were taken on a tripod, of course. None of the shots were hand-held.
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